Mary Angela Bock is a former television journalist who now teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. On the show, we discuss the police accountability movement, smart phones, and citizen journalism. One group we talk about is Austin's Peaceful Streets Project, which Bock has been studying for three years and which, in her words, "works as a counterbalance to police power through a variety of activities, including regular video patrols." Among other issues we address are "what counts as journalism" these days, the evolving ethics of social media; the honest use of images in journalism, and where journalism is heading next.
Mary Bock worked in television news as a reporter, assignment editor, and field producer at Philadelphia's WPVI-TV and has also worked as a newspaper reporter, a radio journalist, and public relations writer. She completed her PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and currently is an assistant journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the sociology of photographic practice, the rhetorical relationship between words and images, and digital media.
In a recent op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman, Bock wrote that,
"Professional journalists and citizens alike, whether they're using their smartphone or a $90,000 video camera, are making it possible for us to bear witness. Their First Amendment right to film the police provides the information we need in support of our other rights -- the right to peaceably assemble, to petition the government and to be informed as voters."
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